George Mason University Continuing and Professional Education seeks a creative, dynamic, driven individual for the position of digital communications/content marketing specialist. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
George Mason University is on the move as a leading higher education innovator in 21st century education. This includes the development and delivery of personalized, tailored education and student services for the adult and professional learner. As the largest public institution of higher education in Virginia, we are envisioning new ways of providing entry-level and mid-career professionals access to a George Mason education. Equally, George Mason seeks to foster closer relations with regional employers to create micro-credentials and certifications relevant to the needs of an evolving workforce.
For over 30 years, Continuing and Professional Education at George Mason University has provided working professionals, adult-learners and entry-level personnel with access to high quality open enrollment education, credentials and training to make them competitive in an evolving job market and regional ecosystems of employers.
The focus of this role will be to employ best practices in marketing, website, email and social media content creation and deployment for both the department of Continuing and Professional Education and its courses, certificates and overall programming. This includes a focus on targeted marketing in social media and outreach/paid campaigns, web-focused marketing initiatives, SEO analysis and reporting (google analytics), and digital advertising strategy and implementation.
This position reports to the marketing director and will be responsible for assisting the marketing director in a variety of marketing and advertising initiatives including:
Managing program content – developing web, social media and print campaigns, and driving strategy across communications platforms;
Managing and assessing the performance of social media and website campaigns across multiple platforms as well as other advertising outlets;
Providing reporting, campaign analytics, insight and feedback on marketing and social media campaigns to assist the director of marketing with the goals of elevating enrollment, building and expanding organizational partnerships and improving brand recognition and visibility;
Coordinating digital/social media marketing and employ a keen understanding of social and web-related marketing tactics (including B2B focus);
Writing and program positioning for social forums and blogs, bookmarking, landing pages, e-mail campaigns, etc.;
Actively managing program social media sites and platforms, creating original content as well as curating existing content from inside and outside the university;
Tracking performance metrics and analytics (web & social media) to identify trends and opportunities;
Oversight of SEO, tag manager, web analytics and adwords tracking/reporting. Analyzing results and providing suggestions for performance improvement;
Assisting in developing content for websites and interactive media, newsletters, magazines and email communications;
The role will conduct market research and review competitive intelligence related to continuing and professional education program trends as well as industry trends and emerging media platforms.
Demonstrated marketing experience in a similar marketing capacity;
Experience with Google Analytics and AdWords;
Proven experience working with website CMS, blog platforms and social media dashboards, i.e. Hootsuite as well as email distribution tools (constant contact/mailchimp);
Proven experience working with Google Analytics reporting, tracking, SEO improvement as well as Google Adwords;
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including proofreading and editing skills, copy writing experience and an excellent command of the English language and grammar as well as AP style;
Experience with business applications of social platforms, especially Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.;
HTML and some design skills preferred (Adobe InDesign and Illustrator) – comfortable with photo and video editing, YouTube editor etc.;
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, journalism, public relations or a related field; or an equivalent; combination of education and experience.
One to two years of marketing experience in social media, advertising or digital marketing;
Experience in a marketing-related position with a focus on excellent writing and analytical skills for the web/social media/email, and print;
Google tools – AdWords certification is beneficial to this role;
Experience working with graphic designers and web developers to produce and place creative assets.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Arlington, VA
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 47469
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.